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Troma has a plan to give the biggest film festival in the world a huge middle finger and you can be a part of it. We’re proud to exclusively announce that the independent film studio, which has been in business for 40 years, is going to make a brand new documentary called Occupy Cannes. Filming will take place at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival centering on the studio’s latest production, Return to Nuke ‘Em High.

Troma CEO Lloyd Kaufman and the team will take the Nuke ‘Em High sequel there, premiere it and along the way film the real side of Cannes, an international film festival they believe has gotten away from the true spirit of the movies. Occupy Cannes aims to be a 21st century David vs. Goliath story with Troma taking on the media conglomerates that control not only the film industry, but everything else, very much in the vein of their 2002 documentary, All the Love You Cannes.

That’s where you come in. With Troma being such an independent film studio, this project needs help from fans across the world. They’ve just started an IndieGoGo Page where you can contribute and help Troma go to Cannes and give them a swift kick in the balls.

After the jump, check out the Occupy Cannes pitch video, read more about the project, and find out what prizes are available to those who contribute. Read More »

Troma Entertainment may be famous for its low-budget, independent approach to filmmaking, but the B-movie house isn’t averse to the big-money kind, either. Last year saw the Fantastic Fest premiere of the Brett Ratner-produced Mother’s Day remake, as well as the announcement of a Toxic Avenger reimaginging by to be produced by Akiva Goldsman and directed by Steven Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine). Now comes news that the studio is interested in doing still more remakes, and is currently in negotiations to sell the rights to Class of Nuke ‘Em High and Poultrygeist. Read more after the jump.

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In high school, one of my most memorable reads wasn’t The Catcher in the Rye or Of Mice and Men. It was Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman‘s first book Make Your Own Damn Movie. Sure the works of Salinger and Steinbeck offered their own rewards, such as literary allusion and beautiful prose, but Kaufman’s tome gave tips on how to make a man’s head explode on camera. As an aspiring film writer, that was something I could dig into. Later, Kaufman, who directed The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer and others, updated that original book with a new title called Direct Your Own Damn Movie, which he then adapted into a feature length documentary. That film is now available for free on Hulu. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans New Moon, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness cocks its disoriented, nappy head to examine such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a review, or news of an excavated cult classic. The works discussed herein tend to make cinema a little more interesting, and in the best and worst cases do the same for life. In this installment: a doc on Norwegian black metal; a doc on the first Asian member of the Black Panthers; a forgotten Dennis Hopper outlaw flick from Down Under; and a dumb-catchy rap song from the Sudan about movies, birds and popcorn.

With the possible exception of Forever21-styled country music a la Taylor Swift, no other music genre is as stigmatized and sensationalized by acts of church burning and murda as Norwegian black metal. The documentary, Until the Light Takes Us, is a dedicated and almost clinical look at how Norway’s black metal scene was permanently transformed—and magnified—in the early ’90s by what are now infamous acts of violence and rebellion.

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Saw series helmer Darren Lynn Bousman will direct a remake of the 1980 Troma cult classic exploitation slasher film Mother’s Day. You might remember, Bousman told Brendon at Frightfest that his next film would be Mother’s Day. Well now it’s official.

The original Charles Kaufman film told the story of three women who go on a camping trip and encounter two brothers who rape and kill to impress their deranged mother. The Scott Milam-scripted remake sees the messed-up family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new owners and their guests.

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Lloyd Kaufman is Independent Film

Lloyd Kaufman and ToxieCongratulations to Troma Studios head Lloyd Kaufman, who was just named chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance for a two-year term. Kaufman is the guy behind such B-cult-clasics as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High trilogy, and Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD. IFTA estimates its 170 member companies produce more than 400 indie films and generate over $4 billion in distribution revenues annually.

Kaufman is as independent as they come, making films way out of the mainstream. Each year I see him and his merry men dressed in costumes parading around Main Street at Sundance. Troma runs a renegade indie fest called Tromadance. But I think many people might be surprised that the guy who made the Toxic Avenger is now representing Indie film in an official capacity.

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